Football Federation Australia (FFA) and NAB, together with Melbourne Victory, are proud to announce Thomas Deng as the final nominee for the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2017/18 Award.
Deng, who scored a stunning volley for Victory in their round 25 3-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers FC at AAMI Park, joins Bruce Kamau and Daniel Arzani (both Melbourne City FC), Daniel De Silva (Central Coast Mariners), Joseph Champness (Newcastle Jets), and Christopher Ikonomidis (Western Sydney Wanderers FC), as a nominee for the prestigious Award.
While Deng has performed consistently this campaign, towards the completion of the regular season he proved himself to be an integral member of Melbourne’s squad as they secured their sixth consecutive Hyundai A-League Finals Series berth.
Deng started every match for Victory in the March/April nomination window, helping Kevin Muscat’s men to an impressive four wins from six games.
The Hyundai A-League NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2017/18 Award will be announced at the Dolan Warren Awards Night at The Star in Sydney on Monday, 30 April 2018.
NAB’s Chief Marketing Officer, Andrew Knott, said he is proud to see the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award continue to identify and reward outstanding achievement of talented young footballers.
“We congratulate Thomas on his nomination and look forward to watching his development and growth on the football field in the years to come,” said Knott.
“We are also pleased to recognise Thomas’s nominated junior club, Adelaide Blue Eagles in South Australia, and hope that our support will help the club to continue developing the game in communities across Australia.”
Adelaide Blue Eagles will receive a NAB Club Recognition Award, which includes a range of equipment along with $1,000.
The overall winner of the Hyundai A-League, NAB Young Footballer of the Year 2017/18 Award will receive a $10,000 personal investment portfolio, along with a NAB Private Client Manager to assist with a range of banking products and services.
“As a supporter of the NAB Young Footballer of the Year Award, we are proud to play an important role in identifying and rewarding the future stars of the game,” concluded Knott.
Each month representatives from the FFA Technical Department vote on a 3-2-1 basis for the most outstanding U23 players in the Hyundai A-League during that period.